Proud and unyielding, King Thranduil™ is an Elf Lord of a different kind than Elrond or Galadriel. For hundreds of years he has ruled the Silvan Woodland Realm in what was once Greenwood the Great, holding court beneath the forest floor in a labyrinthine palace carved from the living rock.
Like the Elf Kings of old, safe in his hidden empire he expects to outlast the turmoils of the world of Men, Dwarves and Orcs, for since the fall of the Dwarf realm of Erebor none in the north can rival his wealth or power, nor challenge his dominion.
When Thorin Oakenshield™ and his Company of Dwarves are apprehended trespassing near the doors to Thranduil’s halls the King quickly guesses the true object of Thorin’s quest. It is to the Lonely Mountain that Thorin’s eye is drawn, to the treasure hoard of ancient Erebor that lies beneath it, taken by the Dragon Smaug. And it is the Arkenstone, the heart of the Mountain, by which the Longbeards claim their right to rule, that he seeks.
There is no love lost between Thranduil and Thorin’s line, who blame each other for the devastation and personal losses wrought by the Dragon. The cold Elvenking will sooner see Oakenshield rot in a stone cell for a century than aid him in a quest that will at best install a bitter rival in power beneath the peak, and at worst bring Dragon-fire down upon them all.
Weta continues the legacy of producing finely crafted, highly detailed 1/6 scale collectible polystone statues from Middle-earth. The essence of each character expertly captured in every piece.
King Thranduil was sculpted by Weta Workshop sculptors Craig Campbell and Brigitte Wuest.
It takes approximately 400-500 hours to design, sculpt, model-make, mould and paint the prototype for each new character.
Sculpted and created by the same artists and craftspeople who work on our movies, King Thranduil is the first in our range of 1/6 scale characters from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
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What a King
One of the most beautiful pieces at Comic-Con 2013 came to us... Read more.
One of the most beautiful pieces at Comic-Con 2013 came to us from our friends at Weta Workshop. This statue is a real eye catcher with a great likeness, amazing detail, and a fantastic mix of grace/power. The character that Weta created that mixes all of these together is the King of the Mirkwood Elves Thranduil. This was also a special release granted by Warner Brothers so fans could see the character and start getting pumped for the awesomeness that is to come in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
The overall graphic layout for Thranduil’s box stays the same as we’ve seen with previous entries in the line. Per the format we’ve come to know, the front of the box gives you a great shot of Thranduil, graphic work for the title of the movie, and of course the Weta logo. The sides of the box for Thranduil also present a familiar format with different looks at the statue. While the other side of the box presents some of the various products you can get for The Hobbit line of collectibles. One of these products was a new sneak peak at the Staff of Thranduil, which I would expect we should be seeing very soon. The back of the box contains a great story on Thranduil as well as information regarding details of the character and statue. The Styrofoam on the inside is typical with what we’ve come used to getting with these statues.
The task of sculpting Thranduil was handed to two people Craig Campbell and Brigitte Wuest. When fans get a chance to really look at Thranduil, I believe they’re going to be blown away by the job done. Needless to say the Elves we saw from Weta at Comic-Con did these characters justice.
The likeness of Thranduil is pretty darn superb. I really believe you’re going to be hard pressed to deny that this looks just like Lee Pace. The sculpting work on the hair does help give a nice real look to Thranduil’s long flowing locks. Thranduil has the most unique look we’ve seen of any character created so far within this line of statues. In the trailers and pictures we’ve seen his outfit is a highly detailed silk gown. Luckily the task was not too big for our friends at Weta and what you see in the pictures has been translated very well into 1:6th scale. One of my favorite bits of this statue is the crown Thranduil wears. In the book it’s the one of the only things about the character that is really given any detail. The job done on this crown is fantastic and outside of missing the berries matches how it’s described in the book.
Thranduil must like Jewlery because he is wearing multiple rings. Obviously, it’s hard to put every last detail into items this small but these still look really well done. Thranduil does come with fewer weapons when you compare him to the Tauriel statue. The only weapon you get is his very elegant looking sword. The sword reminds very much of a Samurai sword and works with the statue to help create a sense of elegance and power. The sword has a lot of little details in the blade as well as the handle, which goes well with the all-metal look of the sword.
I wanted to quickly talk about the pose of the statue. We know Thranduil is a great king with lots of power and by rule we know Tolkien’s Elves have some serious elegance about them. Weta has done a fantastic job of capturing both of those within this particular statue. Thranduil appears from the trailers to be a no nonsense King who gets what he wants, and when he’s done with you he’s done with you. We saw this in the clip released recently of him dealing with an Orc prisoner. In one swift motion he deals with the mouthy orc and this statue I think is from that exact moment. He takes care of this problem with a great mix of power and elegance, which again I think you get int this statue. The look on the face also works with the pose of this statue giving you the feel that he is not wanting to hear the nonsense coming from the Orc.
Thranduil continues the streak of very well painted statues from Weta Workshop. As has been the case Weta has found the right balance of paints to create a super healthy looking skin tone. It goes a long way to making it feel like Thranduil jumped off screen to my collection. Thranduil has very blond hair and this statue matches that perfectly.
As I mentioned earlier the outfit is really exceptional. The fantastic part of the paint job really stand outs here because not only do you not lose the intricate detail of the outfit, but you get the shimmering of the outfit as we’ve seen in all the pictures of Thranduil. Creating the metallic look of the sword could have been a real challenge, with the fact it’s an all-metal sword. Well, This turned out to be no challenge at all for the folks at Weta. His crown also looks really good. The way his crown is described with the fall leaves comes through with the fading paint job of the leaves in the crown.
Thranduil retails for $275, which makes him more than the Dwarves but he is as detailed with the outfit alone as anything we’ve seen. I’m very intrigued by Thranduil and am very much looking forward to seeing him in action when the movie comes out..
Thranduil is limited to just 1000 pieces worldwide and is in-stock for the New Zealand Warehouse with more coming to the US/UK warehouses in December. Get your order in now before he sells out. Hide.
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I wasn't sure what to expect when I ordered this statue -... Read more.
I wasn't sure what to expect when I ordered this statue - from the photos it didn't look quite enough like Lee Pace as Thranduil (in the face) and the pose was a little different than I would have thought of for this character, but the reviews made me curious enough to order. Well, let me agree, the photos do not do it justice! It is majestic and exquisite, and the face is definitely Lee's! It has the attitude and detail one would expect of the Elven King. The "fabric" of the outfit is meticulous and looks like very rich material. Way to go WETA! Although if you do another one of Thranduil definitely focus more on his amazing blue eyes! When I placed this statue a little higher than my head and looked up I could definitely see them and would love another pose with him staring straight at the viewer! Hide.
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Yay! Very happy.
Got my statue today. I can not figure out why WETA decided... Read more.
Got my statue today. I can not figure out why WETA decided to feature such an unflattering photo of this statue, one that flattens out his face and makes his back looks so distorted. Bad photographer! Bad. I saw this piece at San Diego Comic Con, so luckily, I knew what it really looks like. The detail in his robe is beautiful, and the somewhat metallic sheen of it looks good under the lights in my case. I like the pose, it looks more graceful in real life than it does in the photos. Also, the base has a map detail etched into it that is hard to see in photos. I would have liked his brooch to stand out with a little more detail, but it's a minor point on a lovely piece. Hide.
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